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Democrats in Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to repeal legal protections for firearm manufacturers, opening the door for shooting victims to sue companies that create firearms.

The bill, titled, “The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act,” seeks to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a 2005 law that immunizes the firearm industry from civil liability in both state and federal courts.

“[The bill] will allow civil cases to go forward against irresponsible actors in state and federal courts, just as they would if they involved any other product. Letting courts hear these cases would provide victims of gun violence their day in court,” reads a press release about the bill.

The bill is sponsored by Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in the House and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in the Senate. The lawmakers claim “numerous cases” have been dismissed on the basis of the PLCAA “even when the gun makers and sellers acted in a fashion that would qualify as negligent if it involved any other product.”

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Schiff said Tuesday that “responsible actors in the gun industry don’t need this limitation on liability,” according to NPR.

Blumenthal added, “All we’re doing through this proposal is giving victims of gun violence their day in court.”

“Every other industry has to pay punitive damages if it intentionally and purposefully violates [a] standard of care,” he claimed. “That will provide a powerful incentive as it has done in tobacco, in automobiles, in pharmaceutical drugs, for safer products.”

Democratic lawmakers have attempted many times to repeal the PLCAA, though their efforts thus far remain unfruitful.

Proponents of the PLCAA argue the firearm manufacturer industry requires the protections because they would otherwise be inundated by frivolous lawsuits from those who believe the industry is culpable in all crimes that use firearms.

Indeed, as Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation — a firearms trade organization, which would be subject to lawsuits if the PLCAA is repealed — told NPR that permitting civil liability against the firearm industry is “fundamentally unfair.”

“You would no more charge or blame Ford or General Motors for drunk driving accidents,” he explained.

Democrats in recent years, especially because mass shootings are now more prominently covered due to social media, have stepped up efforts to implement gun control. All of those efforts, which have come after two landmark Second Amendment cases within the last 11 years, have largely failed.

But taking aim at the firearm industry may prove fruitful. If Congress were to repeal the PLCAA, the firearm industry could be targeted with countless lawsuits, potentially inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars of economic strain on the industry. The move could essentially act as a backdoor to gun control.

Unfortunately for Second Amendment supporters, at least one liberal state is already helping shift the tides.

In March, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that gun maker Remington — which manufactured the AR-15 rifle used in the Sandy Hook massacre — can be sued for so-called wrongful marketing.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Charlie Scholz

    June 13, 2019 at 12:50 am

    How can anyone believe anything that comes out of Shifty and Blumenthal – both are lying bastards and one of the best arguments for term limits

  2. LST

    June 13, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Fucking Demonrats. What next, someone who is a hit by a Buick can sue GM because they built it? How about someone killed by hammer, can the family sue Stanley tools because they made it? Someone chokes on a pizza, can Pizza Hut be sued? When will the bullshit end.

  3. jan

    June 13, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Consider the sources of this proposed ruling….Schiff is stuck in a time warp where he thinks everyone but him should pay the price for actions of others. And Blumenthal is another who just yaps to make noise.
    Two good examples of congressional staff that need to be voted out of office. And look at their home states….California and Conneticut, liberal strongholds for wack jobs

  4. Pat

    June 13, 2019 at 2:25 am

    The one good thing here is an update to the article. Remington WON the lawsuit. The whole idea is stupid. Sue Nike if you trip on your shoestring or sue a cosmetics company if their makeup doesn’t make you beautiful enough. The deep state wants us disarmed and they will do whatever it takes. I suspect they will be in for a great deal of civil disobedience.

  5. Jim

    June 13, 2019 at 7:09 am

    when will America get sick of these communist democrats and run these fkers out of our govt and country

  6. FAST EDDIE

    June 13, 2019 at 8:26 am

    The dems ar setting up the US to fall. What a disgrace they are.

  7. Grace Joy

    June 13, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I think Dems should be held accountable for every injury to human, animal, emotion, psychic, or property by Antifa, BLM, Muslim, or any other Leftist group.

  8. ON THE ROCK

    June 13, 2019 at 9:01 am

    THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS SHOULD BE SUED BY EVERY CITIZEN (OR SURVIVING FAMILY) THAT HAS BEEN KILLED, RAPED, BEATEN, OR STOLEN FROM BECAUSE OF CONGRESS NOT DOING A DAMN THING TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

  9. Mark Harris

    June 13, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Let the Demarats keep trying to push for legislation that we the American people don’t want and we will not abide by such backdoor laws that are, to me unconstitutional. They have already shown they can’t be trusted and now they keep trying to screw use every which way they can.

  10. Art LaPella

    June 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    It isn’t democracy if a court can stop the gun industry without any kind of vote.

  11. William

    June 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Fuckin Demonrats keep chipping away with the ultimate goal of trashing the 2nd Amendment. I say fuck you to all you mother fuckin Demonrats. Come and take my you sorry bastards!!!!!!!

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